The generous act of becoming an egg donor gives hope to couples and individuals who rely on alternative methods of having children to grow their families.
By donating your eggs, you’re giving future parents the opportunity to achieve this dream and share a partial bond with their baby. At California Surrogacy Center, we recognize what a unique and personal gift it is to donate your eggs, so we work hard to ensure all of our donors are met with compassion, kindness and support, as well as generous compensation for their contribution.
Egg Donor Criteria
By donating your eggs, you’re giving future parents a genetic gift that will help them build their families. To this end, we look for the best and brightest women who will provide hopeful parents with a healthy match. At a minimum, we look for the following qualities in our egg donors:
- You’re between 21 and 29 years old
You have regular monthly periods
You have no reproductive disorders
You are a non-smoker and non-drug user
Your BMI is under 29
You are taller than 5’2”
No history of mental illness, drug use, or alcoholism
You’re willing to take injectable medication
You agree to medical, psychological, and drug screenings
You’re willing to undergo an outpatient procedure for egg retrieval
You’re able to follow a doctor’s instructions
Beyond these qualities, your personality traits also play a role in how we handle your application. Smart, kind, strong women with a generous spirit will have a positive, rewarding experience throughout the egg donation process. If you meet our egg donor criteria and have a strong desire to help individuals and couples start their families, we’d love to hear from you.
Egg Donor Process
The first step in the egg donor process is to complete an application. This is where we learn about you – your lifestyle, your personality traits, and your family history. We use this information to determine whether you would have a positive experience donating your eggs, as well as to evaluate your viability for matching with a future parent. If your application is approved, you will be interviewed by a member of our intake staff, who will help you complete your enrollment paperwork.
Next, you will undergo a psychological evaluation to make sure you understand the egg donation process, including the benefits and risks. We do this to make sure our egg donors are confident in their choice to offer such a life-changing gift. Once you have been selected by a future parent, you will undergo a medical screening where you’ll be tested for infectious diseases, substance use, and overall health. You may be required to complete a genetic screening at the future parent’s request.
Once you have passed all screenings, California Surrogacy Center will arrange legal representation for you. The attorneys will draft a contract, which both you and the future parents will sign. The donor cycle will begin on the first day of your next menstrual period. You will be required to self-administer injectable medications to stimulate your ovaries until approximately 36 hours before the egg retrieval procedure. Throughout this time, you will be required to visit our facility on several occasions so we can monitor your progress on the medication.
The last step in the egg donor process is egg retrieval. You will be under twilight sedation as the doctor uses a small needle to retrieve the eggs from your ovaries. Afterwards, you may feel fatigued or temporary cramping. Most egg donors are able to return to their normal schedules the following day.
Egg Donor Compensation
Egg donors are generously compensated for offering their time and effort to the egg donation process. At California Surrogacy Center, this compensation varies, based on a number of considerations, including donation frequency and whether a donor exhibits high-demand traits. Egg donors also have their medical screenings, travel expenses, and legal fees paid for by the future parents.